BOZEMAN, Mont. --- Colby College sophomore Jim Ryan (Mendon, Vt.) earned his third finish in the top 20 at the national meet in as many tries by taking 18th place in the men's giant slalom for the second straight year at the NCAA Skiing Championships on Thursday at Bridger Bowl.
In the women's giant slalom, the Mules' Cassady Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) took 29th place and teammate Natalie Biedermann (Shelburne, Vt.) was 31st.
Ryan, who was 16th in the slalom and 18th in the giant slalom at last year's national event, was 22nd out of 35 skiers with a time of 47.80 on his first run. He was 10th with a 46.49 on his second run to move up four places to 18th at 1:34.29.
Ryan, who was fourth among Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) skiers on Thursday's second run, has had better results during the EISA season in the slalom. The slalom runs will take place Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (EST) and 3 p.m. All the slalom action will be Webcast at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule
Roberts was 17th out of 35 skiers on her second run (50.56) and added a 54.22 on the first run for a total of 1:44.78. Meanwhile, Biedermann finished with a two-run total time of 1:46.24, with trips of 54.52 and 51.72.
Roberts, a junior captain for the women, and senior Biedermann also had better slalom runs during the carnival season. The first slalom run Saturday will be at 11:30 a.m. (EST) and 1:45 p.m. for the second run.